Tidewater Virginia is home to numerous estuaries, rivers, creeks, canals, reservoirs, lakes, ponds, and other waterways. Among these are some of the Mid Atlantic region’s most important waterways.

Waterways of the region are important for transportation, shipping, commercial fishing, recreational fishing, boating, watersports, and other uses.


Chesapeake Bay

Port of Hampton Roads

Rappahannock River

York River

James River

Nansemond River

Elizabeth River

Back River

Lafayette River

Lynnhaven River

Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal

Dismal Swamp Canal


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